Modigliani, Soutine and the damned artists

The Netter collection of more than 120 works by artists such as Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo, Valadon and Kisling are on display at Palazzo Cipolla after successful shows in Paris and Milan. All of these artists lived and worked in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, a revolutionary period in the history of art. Businessman Jonas Netter (1867 – 1946) was both a patron of the arts and an astute buyer who assembled a stellar collection of works by then-unknown, and often impoverished, artists. The works have not been shown publicly for over 70 years, and curator Marc Restellini says "today they appear almost as if by magic, from another world.” Palazzo Cipolla, Fondazione Roma Museo, Via del Corso 320, tel. 066786209,